OIPRD Expanding Investigation of Thunder Bay Police Following Recent Deaths of Two Indigenous Teens

Two Indigenous teenagers were recently lost in Thunder Bay in vastly similar circumstances to five Indigenous students subject to an Inquest last year, and one Indigenous man, Stacy DeBungee who died in 2015. All eight of these deaths were by drowning in Thunder Bay rivers, with no explanation of how anyone of them came to be in the water. Following DeBungee’s death, the lack of investigation by the Thunder Bay police prompted a systemic review by the Office of the Independent Police Review Directorate (OIPRD) into Thunder Bay Police practices with regard to the loss of Indigenous lives.

The OIPRD’s systemic investigation has now been expanded to include the case files of Tammy Keeash (17) and Josiah Begg (14), as First Nations leadership have expressed their ongoing concern for the safety of their youth, and for the total silence in response to the question, why is this happening?

To read more about the DeBungee case, and Indigenous leaderships’ crisis of confidence with the Thunder Bay Police click here.

In the News

Police watchdog review to include two recent cases of Indigenous youth   The Turtle Island News, May 23, 2017

Thunder Bay review of police practices with Indigenous people to include two recent cases   Toronto Star, May 22, 2017

Probe of Thunder Bay police now includes Keeash   Chronicle Journal, May 22, 2017

Ontario watchdog expands probe of Thunder Bay police   Toronto Star, May 20, 2017

OIPRD Expanding Investigation of Thunder Bay Police Service   NetNewsLedger, May 20, 2017

Statement on Josiah Begg   NAN, May 19, 2017

Leaders Frustrated with Investigations into Tammy Keeash death, Josiah Begg Disapperance   NAN, May 17, 2017

First Nation’s family rejects Thunder Bay Police explanation for teen’s death   Toronto Star, May 17, 2017

Thunder Bay police under fire over handling of death and missing First Nations youth   National News, May 17, 2017

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